Getrude Mutharika: presenting her speech at Pan-African Parliament in South Africa

Johannesburg-(MaraviPost)— Malawi First Lady Gertrude Mutharika, on Monday asked the pan-African Parliament (PAP) members, to support the initiatives being championed by the Organisation of African First Ladies (OAFL).

Madam Mutharika said this during the opening of the pan-African Parliament that is in session in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she was also appointed goodwill ambassador of the PAP.

She said apart from fighting HIV/AIDS, the OAFL is working tirelessly to address the issue of maternal and child health.

“The Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS, has also engaged to mobilise different stakeholders to strengthen the focus on addressing maternal and child health. As First Ladies, we have also resolved to contribute towards harnessing the demographic dividend, and promoting the youth’s access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.

“Allow me, therefore, Mr. President, to humbly call upon the honourable members of this House to support the noble cause being championed by the Organization of African First Ladies,” Madam Mutharika said.

She also took time to highlight some of the initiatives she is championing in Malawi through Beautify Malawi (BEAM).

“Mr. President, in Malawi I am championing a number of projects, which require the support of the pan-African Parliament. These include the campaign to promote and protect the rights of persons with albinism, who of late, have been hunted and some have lost their lives. I am also championing tourism initiatives, where we are putting women at the centre of the tourism of industry.

“Through the Malawi Parliament population and development caucus, we are also tackling rapid population growth. Through BEAM, we are also championing girl child education,” she said.

In her capacity as PAP goodwill ambassador, Madam Mutharika said she intends to come up with a number of programmes aimed at empowering women, protecting the rights of children in Africa, and protecting the environment.



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